A Story of Health: Something for Everyone

written by Elise Miller, MEd

We all know there are multiple contributors to health and disease, but let’s say you want to figure out what the latest science says on environmental links to, say, asthma? Or learning disabilities? Or childhood leukemia? Pretty daunting, isn’t it? Which websites have the most evidence-based science? Which articles are accessible without paying a subscription or membership fee? What do those research findings mean for your patients, your family, and community? And many other pressing questions. Most health care professionals can’t begin to keep up with the emerging scientific literature, much less the rest of us.

cover of A Story of HealthFortunately, A Story of Health is a brilliant, innovative new resource that can help you find out how various environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan. Based on the latest peer-reviewed research, it’s more than a bunch of scientific facts thrown together with fancy graphics. It’s a story, or really—multiple, interactive, and interconnected stories that touch us and teach us not only about risk factors for disease, but how to prevent disease and promote health and resilience.

You may think, ‘Well, of course Elise is singing its praises since CHE played a significant role in developing A Story of Health.’ Yes, it’s my day job to stay abreast of the latest research and what it means for our health, but I can’t tell you how grateful I am to be able to turn to A Story of Health now when I need to find some information I know has been vetted by dozens of researchers whom I respect. And I’m not alone in thinking this. Here are a few responses we’ve already received:

Brian Linde, MD, with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA: A Story of Health is superb and fun to use. This is a fantastic resource. It is compelling, educational and engaging, and will absolutely make a difference. I will recommend it to friends, colleagues, medical students and residents.

David Bellinger, PhD, at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA: This…will be extremely helpful to a lot of constituencies.

Leslie Rubin, MD, at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA: The focus on a family and on each of their health challenges weaving in the environmental factors is masterful and I believe very effective. It is a wonderful format—and very cleverly done with a compelling story and interactive elements.

Take a look at it yourself. See what you think and let us know. Send it to colleagues. You’re also welcome to learn more by joining us next week on our second CHE partnership call related to A Story of Health—this one focused on “Brett’s Story” about asthma.

P.S. A reminder for health professionals: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is offering FREE continuing education credits based on A Story of Health.

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